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Hundreds watch as 8 sea turtles released at NC beach

Hundreds watch as 8 sea turtles released at NC beach

SURF CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – Eight sea turtles made their debut into the big ocean blue Wednesday.

Hundreds came out to the release in Surf City to cheer on the sea turtles who had been rehabilitating for months.

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center said the turtles suffered from things like starvation and broken fins, but they were able to treat them and release them back where they belong.

“We know it’s a tough world out there but it is their world,” said Jean Beasley, Founder and Director of The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. “And they need their chance to be a real sea turtle and that’s what it’s all about.”

The sea turtle center aims to help rescue and rehabilitate turtles and inform folks about the extinction of sea turtles across the country.